Novak Djokovic cruises to last 16, beats Bautista Agut in 3rd round

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Cecchinato, who will face No. 7 seed Dominic Thiem in the semifinals, is unlikely to match that story line, but he will always have Tuesday's stirring victory over Djokovic, the 2016 French Open champion and a former No. 1.

Djokovic saved a third match point, but he served and volleyed on the fourth and Cecchinato's backhand return flew past him and bounced within the limits of the court.

Cecchinato is the lowest-ranked French Open semifinalist in 19 years and the first Italian man to make it that far at any major in 40 years.

"Are you sure I'm not dreaming?"

The 25-year-old from Sicily was suspended for 18 months and fined 40,000 euros (about $45,000) by his national federation in July 2016, accused of losing on objective at a lower-tier Challenger event in Morocco a year earlier.

Zverev was coming off a trio of wins that went five sets and, while still just 21, could not will his body to another comeback.

"He is one of the fittest guys on the tour so it was hard for him today", said Thiem, the only man to have defeated 10-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal on clay this year.

After his four sets loss to Marco Cecchinato at the French Open, Novak Djokovic revealed a possibly shocking news that could happen in the next weeks.

Djokovic, who won his only Roland Garros title in 2016 to complete a career Grand Slam, was not considered among the pre-tournament favourites following an injury-hit year. The 72nd-ranked player beat Djokovic in a 3-hour, 26-minute match that ended in a tiebreak, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 1-6, 7-6 (11).

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Earlier in the day Keys, the 13th seed, reached the semi-finals for the first time by seeing off Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva 7-6 (7/5), 6-4.

He arrived at Roland Garros with a 10-7 record this season. However, in the fourth set, Cecchinato showed vast strength and unbelievable tennis to eventually take the match.

Djokovic saluted Cecchinato who he warmly embraced at the net.

'I just came from the court.

But all eyes will be on Monday's showdown between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, with the latter trying to end an 18-match losing streak to her bitter rival.

A drop of serve when in position to win the match did not matter for Djokovic, though, as Bautista Agut was broken in the next game, sending him through to a tie with Verdasco.

Cecchinato is full of confidence, probably the most confident player out there right now.

"I think that's going to be the number one priority for me now to kind of step out from the tennis for a little bit, try to watch some matches and try to progress and get better".

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